Gus and Grandpa make their debut in three lively and tender stories. In the first, Gus makes a mess while trying to feed Grandpa's dog, Skipper (Grandpa makes him clean it up). In the second, Grandpa loses his car at the mall (Gus finds it). In the third, Gus and Grandpa share a birthday party and exchange presents (Grandpa gives Gus a dog-food scoop for neater feedings, and Gus gives Grandpa a ball of yarn to help him keep track of the car). Claudia Mills's Gus and Grandpa, a pair whose enthusiasm and affection will captivate beginning readers, are brought to life by Catherine Stock in sparkling, sun-drenched pictures.
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Claudia Mills, author of Dinah Forever, Losers, Inc., and many other books for children, lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Catherine Stock, the well-known illustrator and creator of Where Are You Going, Manyoni?, lives in New York City.
The relationship between seven-year-old Gus and his buddy, Grandpa, is at the core of the first of a proposed series of easy readers from Mills (Losers, Inc., p. 144, etc.). Each of three short episodes about ordinary events stands alone, but they are neatly tied together at the end. ``The Great Dog Trainer'' is a mildly humorous tale of Gus's short-lived fantasy to turn his dog, Skipper, into a circus act. In ``The Lost Car,'' Grandpa and Gus go shopping and emerge to find the car ``missing''--they've forgotten where they parked. The gifts they exchange in ``The Birthday Party'' come with winks that only they understand. One-syllable words and short sentences mark this out for the genre and the genial watercolor illustrations are a welcome break from the cartoon drawings usually associated with the formula. The characters interact with real warmth, but they are bland, lacking the personality of most of Mills's characters, and without any of the sparkle of Henry and Mudge. (Fiction. 6-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Catherine Stock (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374328242
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110374328242